Condensed Milk Bread

My hobby is baking and gardening . I love experimenting bread every weekend. Its spring here in Australia and that means I am baking bread again. In winter its hard to proof. But still I used the warm oven  for proofing. So you can see more bread soon.

This bread sounds hard but very simple to make. Its worth putting the effort to bake this beautiful bread at least once. The bread is so light and soft. I prefer this just like the milk bread. So tasty with butter and jam. 🙂 Even you can use with savouries too.

This stays out two days with out a problem and also last about 4 days in fridge. Can freeze up to three months too. To get the softer crust add butter on top of the bread. Leave the bread covered with a clean tea towel about 5 minutes. You can get a glaze as well as a softer crust this way.

If you want to spoil yourself with more condensed milk add several spoons on to a slice of bread ………………. 😀   I did…..Yum…

 

 

 

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Jam Splits

This recipe is for a small quantity of Jam splits. These buns are so simple and easy to make as well as nicer in taste as well as the texture. These can be kept in fridge for several days and can freeze several months too. When you use jam for this make sure to use a good quality jam.

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Chocolate Balls

This is a copy cat recipe of a small snack size bun I found in a cafe. the oozing chocolate made this bun so tasty and a good combination for  a hot cup of coffee.

The bread is so simple and easy to make as well as very soft in texture too. Use a good quality chocolate in the middle.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADJkidHAE2g&w=560&h=315]

 

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Old Fashioned Lemon Loaf

Lemons and limes are in season. I got this recipe from a workmate to try and I am sharing it with you all too. If you have tree full of lemon or lemons going cheap in the market try using them in a recipe like this.

I did a very small loaf  and you can multiply it to a the size you like. You can freeze this cake with out a problem. To freeze use individual bags to store. So thawing becomes easy.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wC8LVlhGMU&w=560&h=315]

 

Ingredients

  • 95g Self Raising Flour
  • 110g Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Rind of one lemon
  • 90ml Milk
  • 30 ml Oil
  • 1/2Tsp lemon juice for the loaf.

Ingredients for the Syrup

  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 50g Sugar

Method

  1. Add sugar and the egg in to a mixing bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. Next add lemon rind, milk and the flour.
  3. Add a tsp lemon juice and mix well.
  4. After pour the mixture in to the loaf pan and bake 30 minutes on 180C about 20-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Meanwhile do the syrup by adding sugar and lemon juice together. Bring to boil and leave on the lowest heat or switch off the stove.
  5. When the cake is out poke the cake and pour the hot syrup on to it and leave in the tray to cool down.

Chinese Spongy Egg Cakes

These beautiful Chinese cakes are very similar to the sponge cakes we had in Sri Lanka when were kids. So I thought of trying this to renew my memories.

This cake a very spongy very less oil cake. I added less sugar. If you like this to be very sweet add up to 125g sugar. When you beat the eggs make sure to continue at once until it reaches the ribbon stage. After using a spatula fold it well.

Few main tips to follow.

  • When you do this make sure to whip well.
  • After leave the cupcakes 10 minutes out before putting in oven. If you like a very high sponge use self raising flour or 1/2 tsp baking powder.

If you like you can do a nice icing too.

 

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Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • 90g Plain flour
  • 35 g Corn flour
  • 75-100gg sugar
  • 10ml oil
  • Vanilla

Method.

  1. Add eggs in to a mixing bowl. Add sugar little by little while whisking. Add a table spoon boiling water in to the egg mix and keep on mixing until it reaches the ribbon stage.
  2. After sift the flour in to it and fold in to the egg mix  with the oil.
  3. Fill the patty pans and bake on 180C about 10-15 min.
  4. Cool on a wire rack.

 

Date & Banana Loaf Cake

This loaf cake is copy cat of a banana and date loaf I recently had in an organic coffee shop. It was really nice and warm with lots of butter.Before serving make sure to warm it for 30 seconds in the microwave with some extra butter. The butter goes through the warm bread and gives a nice taste to it.

If you are after a healthy option try with out butter. I only used 75g butter for the whole loaf. I love this loaf with out any butter too. I love dates. These days fresh dates are available due to Ramadan season. I really want to use them in my recipes. So I am working on several more recipes. If you are a date lover wait for more uploads.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Ingredients

  • 130g dates
  • 70ml Boiling Water
  • 75g Butter
  • 240g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Well Ripped Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • 70g Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Bi carbonate of Soda

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Prepare a 6x4inch loaf pan. (You can always halve this recipe)
  3. In to a pot add the dates and the butter and bring it to  boil. After add 1/2 Tsp bicarbonate of soda and mix well and leave aside.
  4. Add banana, brown sugar, vanilla, & eggs and mix well about 2 minutes.
  5. After add the dates and mix well. (Its all right to use slightly cold dates or medium hot)
  6. Next add the flour and mix really well scraping down the ends.
  7. Add the cake mix in to the loaf pan about 30 min to 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Use with butter or as it is.

Vanilla & Chocolate Marbled Loaf cake

Marbled cakes can be done in different ways. This is the simplest marble cake.  This is actually a loaf cake that you can try with more butter if you wish. This comes so nice and soft too. The nice golden colour and the long split says so much about this cake. If you wish to do a small one you can always half this recipe with out a problem. If you don’t mind the size I made freeze the rest to take out when you feel like something to go with your coffee.

Adding the amount of cocoa can be done with a small amount too. With out cocoa you can always add a colour. There are so many options with your own creativity level.

Instead of using self raising flour and corn flour together you and add both together to use corn flour. Adding a baking paper to the tray is for easy release. But if you have a good quality non-stick loaf pan try using with out any baking paper.

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Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • 225g Butter
  • 30g Cocoa
  • 2 Tsp. vanilla
  • 200g Sugar
  • 400g Self raising flour
  • 50g Corn Flour
  • 160ml Milk

Method

  • Prepare a 12×4 inch loaf pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 180c.
  • Add softened butter , sugar and vanilla in to a mixing bowl and start mixing it until nice and creamy.
  • When it is nice and pale in colour add eggs one by one and whisk well.
  • Next lower the speed & add the flour little by little until its well combined.
  • Lastly add the milk and whisk well.
  • After mixing take 2/3 of the mix out and leave the other 1/3 of the mix in the mixing bowl.
  • Add the sifted  cocoa in to the 1/3 in the mixing bowl. Whisk well. If you find it dry you can always add a bit of milk to make it nice and smooth.
  • Put the dollop of the vanilla mix here and there and do the same with the cocoa mix.
  • To get the marbled effect use a fork to mix. But do not over mix.
  • Bake on a preheated oven until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • Suitable for freezing too.

Baked doughnuts from Scratch

Doughnuts are always kids special. As mums we worry a lot giving fried food to the kids .Try this baked doughnut recipe and you will be amazed to see the results. They are better than the shop bought ones in shape, look and also the taste. You can do a larger batch and leave in freezer for future use. If you can cut them in to smaller circles that will be the best.

Adding sugar is the next thing. If you like it more or less you can always adjust it according to the taste.

When you want to check your yeast this method is the best. I am a continuous user of my yeast. If you are not baking bread always needs to check the yeast this way. When you add water to the dough make sure to add less as the egg and the water in yeast is there too.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr5PL_joWrQ&w=560&h=315]

Ingredients

  • 350g Bread flour
  • 9g Instant dry yeast
  • 1tblsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. Warm water
  • 1 Egg
  • 100g Sugar
  • 5g Salt
  • 100ml Milk
  • 30g Softened Butter

Method

  1. Add the sugar warm water and yeast in to a mixing bowl and leave five minutes to activate.(Read the description.)
  2. Add the bread flour, salt sugar yeast, and mix well.
  3. While mixing add egg and milk. When you add milk make sure to add little by little.
  4. Knead well and leave in a warm place to double in size.
  5. Take the dough when ready and punch down and knead on a benchtop.
  6. After roll the dough and cut the doughnuts.
  7. Leave on a baking tray to double in size.
  8. When it is doubled brush with milk and bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Melt the chocolates according to the packet instructions . Dip the doughnuts in  chocolate, leave on a wire rack  to set.
  11. Can freeze for several months too.

Apple Pie Bread (Simple baking)

 

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Apple Pie Bread (Simple Baking)
Ingredients

  • 310g Bread flour
  • 130ml water
  • 80g Sugar
  • 5g Instant dry yeast
  • 2g Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 30g Butter
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples
  • 30ml Water
  • 30g Butter
  • 30g Sugar
  • 1 Lemon Squeezed
  • 15g Corn Flour
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon powder
Method
  1. Peel the apples and cut in to cubes. Then mix all the ingredients together and bring to a dry consistency. Leave to cool down.
  2.  Add flour, butter,sugar,egg,salt and yeast in to a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Next add water and butter and mix about 20 min.
  4. Leave the prepared dough in a greased bowl and leave in a warm place until double in size.
  5. When the dough is ready add flour on to the bench and knead the dough until not sticky.
  6. Then roll to a rectangular shape.
  7. Then cut the dough as directed in the video.
  8. Put the prepared apples in the middle and cover as in the video and leave in a warm place until double in size.
  9. When ready brush the tops with egg and bake on 180c about 20-30 min or until golden brown on top.
  10. Cool on a wire rack or eat hot.
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